The Birds — St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
IKD Antigua and Barbuda
Arthur E. Bird, Jr. (5th Dan) started training in karate in 1975 under Hagi Yarwood at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Factory Road. Although his training was in the Shotokan art, there were training sessions with Sensei Master Moses Powell, so he was also introduced to Judo in his earlier days of training.
He would train with Walton Edwards(deceased), the instructor who took him up to 4 kyu. Sensei Bird also trained at the gym with Peter Souchan, son-in-law of a very special friend, Bunny Butler. When that dojo closed, Arthur continued his training with Donald Archer/Richard Lam in 2000.
In 2003, he achieved his Shodan under Sensei Richard Lam and after his dojo closed, he continued his training with Sir Clare Roberts where is achieved his Nidan. He would earn Sandan under the I.S.K.F. ( International Shotokan Karate Federation). When the IKD formed, Sensei Bird joined and would be promoted to Yondan and now Godan.
Over the years, he assisted in teaching at Antigua Shotokan Karate Club on Nevis Street and at the Athletic Club at the airport until it closed. Although he try to stick mainly to traditional Shotokan karate, he has done some self-defence classes on demand. The last being the new prison officers at Her Majesty Prison.
Dominique Bird (1st Dan) is the 4th daughter of Sensei Arthur Bird.
Dominique has received all of her training at Hundred Acre School of the Shotokan Art. She started after H.A.S.S.A. opened their doors late 2010. She is the first black belt that the school has produced. She was only 8 years of age when she attained the rank. Dominique took part in the 2nd I.K.D. World Championships in July 2015 where she placed 3rd in the kumite for her age category.
Daena A.D. Bird (1st Degree Black Belt) is the last daughter of Sensei Arthur Bird.
She started training after Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-a-Tai visited the island for grading in 2012. Daena would attend classes intermittently but after Sensei Yame, as she lovingly calls him, visited she took up training and took it seriously. He awarded Daena, her 2 kyu in April 2015 on his annual visit for grading. Daena participated in the 2nd I.K.D. World Championships in 2015 held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She was awarded the Gold in Kumite and the Silver in kata for her age category.